Weird Hormone Imbalance Symptoms | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmWhen you think of a hormone imbalance, you likely think about moodiness and acne. However, according to HRT specialist and retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, there are a number of issues that can arise that you would never link to your endocrine system.

Weird symptom #1: Excessive hunger

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, hormones are responsible for the ravenous cravings you may feel just before your period. But they can also make you hungry at other times if they are out of balance. Hormone imbalance caused by adrenal dysregulation can tell your brain that you need a salty or sweet snack pretty much every minute of the day.

Weird symptom # 2: Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness is often attributed to age. But Marla Ahlgrimm notes that chronic stress, which triggers the release of cortisol, can wreak havoc on your brain’s ability to remember things. A flood of the stress hormone can actually damage the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for long-term memory retention. Further, a cortisol overload may lower your ability to retain information in the short term.

Weird symptom #3: Insomnia

You are likely already aware that hormone imbalance associated with menopause can create the perfect storm of internal conditions that make it difficult to sleep. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that sleeplessness can also affect younger women. Women in their 30s may begin to experience insomnia due to a natural, although premature, decrease in progesterone.

Weird symptom #4: Scaly skin

Marla Ahlgrimm claims that the condition of the skin directly correlates to a person’s internal health. This is never more evident than when there is a hormone disorder. Reduced thyroid hormone, specifically, can show up as dry skin patches that are itchy and hard to moisturize.

Weird symptom #5: IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome is an unpleasant condition that can leave a woman scrambling to find a bathroom. Marla Ahlgrimm suggests that IBS often gets worse just before mother nature calls due to an alteration in hormones, specifically progesterone, estrogen, and serotonin.

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